When did the term, “Arab Spring” first come about? What does it mean?
When did the Arab Spring officially begin?
The ‘Arab’ spring is a wave of revolutions taking place in the Arab world. On the surface they’re often viewed as a domino effect where the successes of one country inspire the population of another. To date, revolutions are ongoing or succeeded in countries like Sudan and Tunisia, civil war in Libya, civil uprisings in Bahrain, Syria and Yemen, major protests in Algeria, Iraq, Jordan, Morocco and Oman, as well as minor protests in Kuwaits, Lebanon, Mauritania, Saudi-Arabia, Sudan and Western Sahara. Prior to this period, Sudan was the only Arab country to have successfully overthrown dictatorial regimes, in 1964 and again in 1985.
Factors that Caused the Arab Spring
INFLATION AND SHORTAGES:
According to the dictionary, a general increase in prices and fall in the purchasing value of money is known as inflation. The effects on the economy are varied and can be both positive and negative at the same time. However, the negative effects clearly outweigh the positive ones.
In the common man’s language, a spike in the prices of fuel can spiral the prices of almost all other items like food, transportation, electricity, rent, raw materials etc. and erode the purchasing power. While prices of the daily usage commodities go up immediately, the wages do not necessarily see an increase, both in the public and private sector, and a worker takes home the same amount of wages but less of value that can help him/her meet the expenses.
The situation gets worst when the shortfall between the income and expenses is further compounded by the lack of healthcare and education services, forcing people to cut back on expenses or borrow money to make ends meet. The other effect of inflation is on the borrowing rate of money that is often overlooked. Banks, which are not really poor and working-class friendly, do not lend money to the struggling people....